Washing your face is a daily ritual to keep your skin cleansed and ready to take on your serums, moisturizers, and skin care treatments. Considering that we're supposed to be lathering up twice a day, there's no reason to break the bank every time you turn on the sink. We've gathered up 10 of our favorite gel and cream cleansers that don't go over $10.
So many of us have gotten into the routine of absentmindedly washing our faces each morning and night, but are we really taking into consideration a few tiny tricks that can make all the difference in a more effective wash? As any esthetician will say, one major component of a deep and effective cleanse is including some type of massage. It's important to stimulate your lymph system to get much-needed oxygen and blood circulating in your face. Also, be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type, and try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.
The goal of face washing is to unclog pores and to dissolve dirt and makeup and to remove excess oils. You may not realize that this is also a great opportunity to slough off dead skin cells by exfoliating.
Lastly, have you considered the route you take? Start washing your face at your forehead, and work your way to your nose, then outward to your cheeks and eventually down to your face and neck. A proper face wash is a really simple way to maintain the health of your skin.
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Face-washing hasn't always been the suds and water routine it is today, and women decades ago apparently took it so seriously that there were entire college classes devoted to it — no joke. This informational video (clearly sponsored by Pond's) seeks to teach impressionable young women of the 1940s how to wash properly, and explains that it's a process so important that many women's colleges have a whole class dedicated to the subject. It's interesting to see how much the standard cleansing routine has changed in the last seven decades. Although if you have dry, sensitive skin, this probably isn't a bad regimen.
I have sensitive, combination skin. I heard a lot of good things about Neutrogena, and decided to try this face wash based on recommendations. Unfortunately, this face wash didn't work as well for me as other people. I felt like it left residue on my skin without really taking any dirt away. It's been so bad for me that I've begun breaking out all over my face, and no matter how little makeup I wear, or how often I wash my face, the acne wasn't going away. I've since switched over to Clinique, and within a day of using the Clinique cleanser, my breakouts are starting to fade.
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This DIY gentle facial cleanser recipe takes just minutes to put together yet leaves your face feeling soft, hydrated, and clean. Since it contains thyme (a puffiness reducer) your skin will look calmer and less irritated. I tweaked it to add ingredients that tone and tighten. Although this cleanser won't lather, I guarantee you'll feel it working. Here's what you'll need:
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After mentioning L'Oreal Pure Zone Pore Unclogging Scrub Cleanser in my Bliss review yesterday, I figured I might as well follow up with a review. Not only is this L'Oreal cleanser ($6.49) one of my favorite drugstore finds, but it's also similar to the Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($22) that many of you said was out of your price rang.
Like Bliss's product, L'Oreal's cleanser has a blue, gel-like texture interspersed with tiny exfoliating beads to unclog your pores. L'Oreal's cleansing beads are actually much larger than the Bliss beads, so it feels like the L'Oreal wash is more effective. It's hard to say if it is, though, so read more
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($22) is one of those products I hear about all the time but, until recently, had never tried. This face wash is marketed as a "two-in-one," because it combines a cleanser with "exfoliating gel," but really, it's a pretty basic face wash — that's a good thing — with tiny beads to help slough off dead skin.
The first thing I noticed about Fabulous Foaming Face Wash was the scent. The clear blue gel contains rose-hip extract, milk thistle, and passion flower, but the dominant essence is undoubtedly chamomile, which smells very natural and fresh.
Other than that, I wasn't bowled over by this cleanser the first time I used it. It was perfectly pleasant, but not exactly "fabulous," and the effect didn't feel that different from some good drugstore options, such as L'Oreal Pure Zone. However, the more I used it, the more I started to like it, so read more
I'm a big fan of Origins products, particularly the miraculous No Puffery Cooling Mask and the refreshing Modern Friction dermabrasion scrub. On my most recent trip to Origins to get my regular anti-puffiness fix, I scored a great new find: the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. (Hey, it was included in a gift set with No Puffery; how could I resist?) This stuff seemed fairly ordinary at first—that is, until I squeezed some into my hands and realized how little an amount you have to use.
To say that a little of this face wash goes a long way would be a major understatement. Designed for combination skin, this stuff is so fluffy and frothy that the tiniest dab will magically expand to clean your whole face. Even a pea-sized amount is too much! I'm especially psyched to use it the next time I travel, because I'll never have to worry about running low even if I bring the tiniest travel-sized container I can find. Pick some up yourself and see what I mean. It's available for $17.50 here.